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Man killed after stepping in front of truck on Watt Avenue

Sabina Carillo
Sabina Carillo Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

A pedestrian was killed by a vehicle in North Highlands early Saturday, the second such incident in the region since Wednesday.

The California Highway Patrol said officers were called at 5:07 a.m. to the area near Watt Avenue and Winona Way for a report of a 1990 GMC Sierra pickup truck hitting a 55-year-old Sacramento man who stepped out into the roadway directly in front of the driver. The truck was being driven by a 57-year-old North Highlands woman south on Watt Avenue just south of Winona.

“According to witnesses, he was stumbling around in the center divide talking to himself and walked out directly in front of the GMC before she had a chance to brake,” said Chad Hertzell, CHP spokesman. “It was not her fault.”

The victim’s name was being withheld until his relatives could be notified. Hertzell said no citations were issued and that the driver stopped and waited for authorities, unlike the driver in a Wednesday morning fatality on Marconi Avenue near Calderwood Lane.

In that incident, 54-year-old Stephen Vuletich was struck by a car as he tried to cross Marconi without using a crosswalk. The driver did not stop.

The next day, Sabina Carillo, 18, of Sacramento turned herself in and was arrested on suspicion of felony hit and run. Hertzell noted that Carillo likely would “have walked away without a ticket” if she had stopped and waited for authorities after striking Vuletich.